PubMed 17567042

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Automatically associated channels: Kv1.2 , Kv1.3

Title: Biogenesis of the T1-S1 linker of voltage-gated K+ channels.

Authors: LiWei Tu, Jing Wang, Carol Deutsch

Journal, date & volume: Biochemistry, 2007 Jul 10 , 46, 8075-84

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In the model derived from the crystal structure of Kv1.2, a six-transmembrane voltage-gated potassium channel, the linker between a cytosolic tetramerization domain, T1, and the first transmembrane segment, S1, is projected radially outward from the channel's central axis. This T1-S1 linker was modeled as two polyglycine helices to accommodate the residues between T1 and S1 [Long et al. (2005) Science 309, 897-903]; however, the structure of this linker is not known. Here, we investigate whether a compact secondary structure of the T1-S1 linker exists at an early stage of Kv channel biogenesis. We have used a mass-tagging accessibility assay to report the biogenesis of secondary structure for three consecutive regions of Kv1.3, a highly homologous isoform of Kv1.2. The three regions include the T1-S1 linker and its two flanking regions, alpha5 of the T1 domain and S1. Both alpha5 and S1 manifest compact structures (helical) inside the ribosomal exit tunnel, whereas the T1-S1 linker does not. Moreover, the location of the peptide in the tunnel influences compaction.